It’s ridiculously unfair how idioms characterize the bitter setbacks of life as somehow similar to the sourness of lemons — after all, the lemon simply has to be one of the healthiest fruits in the world. When life gives you lemons… rejoice!
Lemons are simply super. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium, iron, magnesium, and more, it’s definitely a necessary addition to any diet. Add to this the bioflavonoids, limonene, and pectin that strengthen the immune system and you see just how important a lemon can be to keep a body healthy.
How To Drink Lemon Juice?
The only problem is that since it’s acidic, it can be difficult to take on its own and might even harm teeth enamel. Lemon juice needs to be diluted in warm water. Similar to a tea, squeeze half a lemon into one glass of lukewarm water every morning and consume at least 15 to 30 minutes before you eat breakfast.
This warm lemon drink is even more important when you are traveling and most likely eating foods that you don’t normally eat, such as spicy foods or more sweets. Also works very well after a night of parties or a pub crawl.
What Are The Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Juice?
It Wakes You Up And Gives You Energy
Lemons are excellent first thing in the morning. The zesty citrus wakes up the mind and the body with its flavor, plus it gives the body an energy boost the moment it hits the digestive tract.
Bonus: Lemon is a mood enhancer, too. It helps improve a person’s mood, eliminating anxiety and depression with its fresh and relaxing scent.
It Regulates Your Body’s pH Balance
A body with unbalanced pH is more likely to be ill. A lot of people assume that lemon would not be good for pH balance because it’s acidic, but once metabolized in the body it actually helps alkalize the blood and improve pH balance. If you have high levels of uric acid (a common cause of joint inflammation), lemons can help lessen the acidity of the body and therefore defend against painfully inflamed joints.
It Helps Your Body’s Digestive Process
One of the greatest health benefits of lemons is how it helps your digestive system. If you suffer from indigestion, bloating, or constipation, you need to try lemon juice. It stimulates digestion, encourages bile production, and generally just helps your body work the way it is suppose to work.
It Helps You Lose Weight
Due to its useful nature in encouraging healthy digestion, it’s inevitable that lemon juice helps you lose weight. Add to that the fact that it’s a natural diuretic, and therefore improves the body’s ability to cleanse itself. Another thing: lemon juice has pectin fiber, which means it’s able to lessen the hunger cravings that lead to binge snacking.
It Detoxes Your Body
Lemon juice helps the liver produce bile faster, which in turn means the body is able to flush out toxins a lot faster and easier. The body’s enzyme functions are strengthened and unwanted toxins are washed straight out with urine.
It Improves Your Body’s Hydration Levels
Due to its nature as a diuretic, some people may assume that lemon juice can dehydrate them. This is simply not true. The combination of warm water and lemon juice increases hydration and replaces lost fluids.
It Strengthens Your Immune System
First of all, lemon juice has Vitamin C, which simply has to be the most well-known immune booster. This means lemons are excellent for preventing colds, the flu, and other similar illnesses. Lemon juice also has potassium, which means it helps protect the nervous system.
It Speeds Up Recovery
Everyday your body is damaged, from small wounds to gradual tissue erosion. Vitamin C in lemon juice is perfect for maintaining the body’s function and speeding up the recovery time of tissues, cartilage, and even bones.
It Clears Your Skin
The antioxidants in lemon juice work to prevent oxidation and therefore keeps skin looking younger for a much longer span of time. Also, since lemon juice is great for detoxing, this means that your skin will less likely be prone to developing acne.
The internal workings of your body definitely affect the way your skin looks. If you get rid of internal toxins, your skin gets a beautiful, healthy glow to reflect this. So next time you are wondering what to do with all those lemons, cut one open and juice it up. Your body will thank you.